Susan B. Campbell, Ph.D.


3303 Sennott Square 210 S. Bouquet St.

Pittsburgh, PA 15260





Research Interests

Socio-emotional development; parent-child relationships; risk and behavior problems in young children.


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Research Interests: My research interests emphasize social and emotional development in infants and young children. My current work focuses on early social-emotional development in infants and toddlers at high genetic risk to develop an autism spectrum disorder because they have an older sibling with autism. This work is funded by NIMH and is being conducted as part of a larger study of high risk infants and toddlers, the Pitt Early Autism Study, in collaboration with other faculty in Psychology and Psychiatry. Other interests include parent-child relationships and family risk factors; the emergence of behavior problems in young children; maternal depression and child adjustment; and the effects of early child care on children's development

Accepting Graduate Students: No


Pittsburgh Early Autism Study

We are studying infants who have an older sibling diagnosed with an austism spectrum disorder (ASD) to look for infant behaviors that may predict a later ASD diagnosis. Family home videos of children later diagnosed with ASD suggest that diagnostic signs of ASD may emerge within the first year of life.

Our Team:

Susan Campbell, PhD

Jana Iverson, PhD

Mark Strauss, PhD

Contact: 1-866-647-3436 or


  • PhD, McGill University


  • Provost's Award for Excellence in Mentoring (2009)
  • Editor, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology (1999-2006)
  • Chair, Publication Committee, Society for Research in Child Development (2001-2005)
  • Legacy Award, Greater Pittsburgh Psychological Association (2004)


  • Campbell pub5

    Campbell, S. B. (2016).  A Developmental Psychopathology Perspective on Externalizing Problems in Young Children. Invited paper for special issue of Enfance, 68, 35-50.

  • Campbell pub2

    Campbell, S.B., Leezenbaum, N., Mahoney, A., Day, T., and Schmidt, E. (2015) Social engagement with parents in 11-month-old siblings at high and low genetic risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism, 19, 915-924.

  • Campbell publ1

    Campbell, S.B., Halperin, J.M., & Sonuga-Barke, E.J. (2014).  A developmental psychopathology perspective on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.  In M. Lewis and K. Rudolph (Eds.), Handbook of Developmental Psychopathology., 3rd edition.  New York: Springer.

  • Campbell pub6

    Campbell, S. B. (in press).  The State of Young Children in the United States: A Developmental Psychopathology Perspective on the Mental Health of Preschool Children.  Chapter to appear in Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal & Eric Dearing (Editors).Handbook of Early Childhood Development Programs, Practices, and Policies.  New York: Wiley.